The EVST Program at R-MC has negotiated an agreement with Martin Marietta Quarry
to establish a field research station for the EVST Program. The site contains approximately
66 acres, is only 8 miles from the R-MC campus, provides access to about 1.5 miles
of the Little River, is located on the Fall Line, and contains a variety of bottom-land
and upland habitats including a mature beech/maple forest and a dense stand of young
The field site owned by Martin Marietta near the Verdon
quarry is an ideal location for conducting research and class work in a variety
of disciplines, including:
• Cartography: students are expected to know map and compass navigation, how to
collect map data in the field using the Global Positioning System, and how to make
maps using Geographic Information Systems.
•Aquatic monitoring: students are taught how to gather water quality information,
including conducting chemical analyses and collecting and identifying aquatic insects,
fish, and amphibians.
•Forest ecology: students complete a variety of work in terrestrial habitats including
plant and animal sampling, tree and plant identification, estimation of vegetation
density, small mammal trapping, bird identification, insect collecting, and other
activities directed towards teaching students about forest ecosystems and ecological
•Earth Sciences: students learn about the non-living parts of the environment by
developing rating curves for stream gages, estimating sediment transport, and studying
topics such as weathering, drainage, mass wasting, geologic mapping, soil analyses,
and rock and mineral identification.
All students who use the field site must sign a
release form before entering.